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Curious about what is safe food and how to keep your food safe? Need to kick requlatory compliance butt? Want to learn the best industry tips and tricks? Then check out our downloadable eBooks.

Dairy, The Struggle for Safer Standards

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Until the Food Safety and Modernization Act became law, there was no federal law governing the dairy supply chain. Now, under FSMA, dairy producers are subject to the “focused mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration” rule. This provision mandates the implementation of FDA-regulated hazard analysis and critical control point programs. These protocols are meant to prevent hazards in the production process that can lead to contamination.

Solving the Supply Chain Data Crisis

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Brokers, Distributors, and Importers face unique challenges in today's food and beverage landscape. With the rise of FSMA and the heightened focus on documentation and record-keeping, this segment of the food industry is feeling even more pressure to ensure proper documentation follows each ingredient or product each step along its journey – from the source to the customer who made the request, and every step in between.

An Organic State-of-Mind

Organic State-of-Mind

Is that organic? Is this non-GMO? These labels have become synonymous with healthy in many consumer minds and that has only fueled the steady demand for organic products across the entire food industry. This growing organic industry has left regulation and compliance bodies scrambling to catch up; resulting in organic producers, distributors, and manufacturers being left with an almost endless stream of questions and concerns.

9 Missing Pieces

9 Missing Pieces

Did you know that 15 million Americans and 17 million Europeans have documented food allergies? Furthermore, did you know that the number one reason for food recalls in the U.S. is because of undeclared allergens? And that these recalls often average a $10 million price tag?



Raising The Bar

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Did you know that 15 million Americans and 17 million Europeans have documented food allergies? Furthermore, did you know that the number one reason for food recalls in the U.S. is because of undeclared allergens? And that these recalls often average a $10 million price tag?






Prioritizing Risk

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Risk assessments are a necessary part of food production to evaluate materials, supply chain partners, company processes, and consumer use. But identifying, managing, and applying this information can take on a life of its own with complex, global supply chains and non-integrated or non-standardized systems. To help you get a better grasp on your global supply chain risks, we've compiled this insightful eBook to support you when it comes to prioritizing risk critical for effective supply chain management, transparency, and the safety of globally sourced materials.

The Food Safety Audit Handbook

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When it comes to audits, there are plenty of reasons for failing, especially in the food and beverage industry. Whether it’s an audit for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), FDA, or an audit required by any of your customers, the consequences of failing can be very costly. To help shed light on some of the reasons companies fail audits and to help prevent future failure, we’ve put together this nifty handbook to give you a food safety auditor’s insider perspective, and point out the top reasons for non-conformities with the two most popular GFSI schemes: BRC and SQF.

FSQA Cookbook

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Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) professionals throughout the country, and likely worldwide, are striving for similar priorities and facing comparable challenges. And with FSMA final rulings, it’s critical that FSQA professionals create the right mix of specialized ingredients to ensure food safety and quality within their QA team and company. After all, FSQA professionals are the gatekeepers for incoming inventory, responsible for ensuring that out of spec ingredients never make it to the production floor.


Have A Strong Supplier Approval Program

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For food manufacturers, the safety of finished goods is not only dependent on the ingredients themselves, but also largely dependent on the suppliers used throughout the food supply chain. Having a properly managed supplier program can help to ensure quality is met, and also helps to create great working relationships between manufacturers and suppliers.



Foreign Supplier Verification Program

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Have confusion regarding some of the specifics to FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule? Are you the importer? What if you’re a broker? What are the actual contents of a verification program? To help answer some of these and many other lingering questions surrounding the FSVP rule, TraceGains enlisted the help of Marc Sanchez, regulatory attorney specializing in FDA and USDA law, and Shawn Stevens, a global food safety lawyer, to provide insight and break down some of the confusion with a few real-world examples.

Implementing a HACCP Plan for GFSI

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HACCP is now a requirement for most food companies, and implementation of risk-based HACCP is now a fundamental requirement for all GFSI schemes. HACCP also serves as the foundation for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventative Controls (HARPC).




Implementing a Successful GMP Program

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Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) ensure products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. They are considered the foundation of any food safety program as they provide the necessary environmental and operating conditions for the production of high quality and safe foods. It's essential to your food safety plan that you have a strong GMP program in place.


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